TrueWest Imports is pleased to offer for sale this classic 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero – “More Than a Car! More Than a Truck!”
This is not a 1960 Australian Ford XK ute. It is a Falcon Ranchero, the style which the Americans call a coupe-pickup.
Ford began offering the Ranchero in 1957, and at that point, it was a natural fit. It was based on the two-door Ranch Wagon and its solid-sided twin, the Courier sedan delivery (Panel van). At the time it made perfect sense to simply lop the back off the Courier and offer a car/truck for the farm or construction worker or the weekend warrior home improver. It was enough of a success that two years later, Chevrolet would offer the “El Camino”, its own blend of pickup utility and car ride quality.
The Ranchero was so popular that when Ford launched its Falcon line in 1960, one of the first body styles it offered was the downsized Falcon Ranchero, which superseded the larger full-size Ranchero of the previous generation. This was a stroke of genius. Consider the market in 1960; Facing an economic downturn, buyers were looking for thrifty, fuel-efficient cars and trucks.
A benefit that the Ranchero offers to owners, which is not available in Australian made utes, is that because it is based on a station wagon platform, there is a considerable amount of space behind the driver and passenger seats (which would have been the foot-well of the rear passengers in a station wagon).
Australia’s first Falcon ute and van range was launched in May 1961 which was about eight months after the XK sedan made its star-studded debut in September 1960 (the station wagon launch was delayed until November 1960).
Like the sedan and station wagon, the new ute and panel van shared a fresh and striking design based on the latest Ford Ranchero pickup (ute) and Sedan Delivery (van).
Even so, the Australian Falcon range differed noticeably from the US version, with a more compact and practical design tailored to suit tough Australian conditions.
The key difference was that the US Ranchero and Sedan Delivery used the longer doors of the two-door Falcon model, which in turn pushed more of the load floor behind the rear wheels to create greater overall length and more rear overhang.
The 1960 Ford Falcon Ranchero was more practical than its diminutive looks suggested. Its 800-pound payload was 100 pounds more than that of the much larger Chevrolet El Camino
This particular example of the 1960 Ranchero has been lovingly cared for by its current Owners for the last 18 years. It is believed that the odometer is correct and shows the Ranchero as having travelled a mere 63,300 miles (approx. 102,000km) in almost 55 years.
This is a numbers matching vehicle with all original sheet metal. It was mechanically and cosmetically refreshed in 2003 with new red paint professionally applied and all bright trim work removed. The Ranchero has travelled only 900 miles since the mechanical work was done.
The mechanical work included overhauling and/or replacing the radiator, oil pump, engine, spark plugs, oil pressure switch, thermostat, condenser, distributor cap, distributor rotor, spark plug wire set, new water pump and fuel filter pump, rebuild the carburettor, fuel sending unit and clean, repair and re-line the fuel tank.
The interior was redone in a grey fabric and is very clean with no visible blemishes but there are two control knobs missing on the temperature control unit.
The Ranchero is powered by the stock “Thrift Power” inline 6 cylinder 144 cu. in. (2.4L) engine (90hp) mated to a three-speed, column shifted manual transmission – “3 on the tree”.
The vehicle has all service logs and its VIN is: OR275195292
(R) San Jose
(27) Falcon Ranchero
(5) 6-cyl low compression,
6th to 11th digits – Sequential production number
This vehicle will certainly have people doing a “double take” and is really a classic vehicle at an amazingly great price.
This vehicle is located in the US and the price shown does not include any applicable GST or the costs of Importing the vehicles into Australia. See our FAQ page for information relating to costs, taxes and regulations.
The price listed is in US$ but I can provide you with an all-inclusive “as landed” cost (in Au$ or NZ$) to have this Ranchero imported to Fremantle or any other Port in Australia or New Zealand.
As always, I would ask if you can, please donate to CFWA.
Until next time. Michael
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